BRATISLAVA – Bishops won’t accept church closures without a fight

Slovakia’s Conference of Bishops has criticised the government’s new COVID-19 measures which forbid public masses from 1 October. In a statement, the group says it hadn’t been consulted on the matter which it described as disproportionate.

“To order the clergy to stop celebrating can only be done by the bishops. This is not something the state can do without their consent,“ the statement wrote, though the state of Slovakia pays the clergy’s wages.

The government’s new measures also include the complete shutdown of all cultural, sports and conference events, including wedding celebrations (but not the ceremony).

(Zuzana Gabrižová |

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